Marie Curie's story has fascinated and inspired young readersdecades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be ableto afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of themost important scientists of her day, winning not one but twoNobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work,humanitarianism, and tragedy. Her work with her husband,Pierre - the study of radioactivity and the discovery of theelements radium and polonium - changed science forever. Butshe is less well known for her selfless efforts during World Warto establish mobile X-ray units so that wounded French soldierscould get better care faster. When she stood to profit greatlyfrom her scientific work, she chose not to, making her methodsand findings known and available to all of science. As a result,this famous woman spent most of her life in need of money,often to buy the very elements she discovered.Marie Curie's life and work are given a fresh telling, one thatalso explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in worldculture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.